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May 13th, 2014

Max H. Oswalt, 66

May 13, 2014

Max H. Oswalt, 66, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 12:28 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Maz was Born on Jan. 3, 1948, in Allen County. He was the son of Max D. and Frankie M. (Ross) Oswalt.
He attended South Side High School and took welding classes at Ivy Tech. Max was an avid animal lover. In his later years, he had been caring for horses on a ranch. He always had animals in his life, including exotic ones.

James “JJ” Jackson, 55

May 13, 2014

James R. “JJ” Jackson, 55, of Lena, Miss. passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Born May 14, 1958, in Columbia City, he was the son of James R. Jackson, Sr. and Sandra S. (Wuertley) Harter.
He attended Whitko High School. Not liking to live in one area for a long time, JJ would travel around, and had lived in Indiana, Colorado, Arizona and most recently in Mississippi since 2006. He had been working on a farm in Lena.
He was a very independent person, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, riding his motorcycle and watching the Steelers play.

Clyde C. Gustafson, 83

May 13, 2014

Clyde Calvin Gustafson, 83, departed this life on Friday, December 13, 2013 in his residence.
He was born Dec. 4, 1930 in International Falls, Minnesota, the oldest child of the late Yngve and Edna (Beeching) Gustafson.  His family lived on the Rainy River in Baudette, Minn, until he was 11, and then moved to Indiana.
Preceding him in death, was his beloved wife, Janet Martin Gustafson, who died March 2, 2013 after becoming ill while visiting in California.  They were married October 22, 1949 at the Tunker Church of the Brethren.

May 12th

Paul Zumbrum, 94

May 12, 2014

A private graveside service will be held for Paul E. Zumbrun, 94, of Columbia City, who has left this life, and gone to be with his Lord Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Surviving relatives include his wife of more than 68 years, Evelyn M. Zumbrun; four children, Linda M. Zumbrun of Wabash, Brent E. (Brenda) Zumbrun of South Bend, Nancy Leichty of Goshen and Jane A. Zumbrun of Columbia City; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Esther Poe, Doris Van Houten and Betty Rex.

Doris Simmons, 76

May 12, 2014

Doris E. Simmons, 76, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, at her Goose Lake home. She was born on January 31, 1938, in Lodi, Ohio and was the daughter of Elmer K. and Cleo E. (Hite) Brown.
She spent her childhood in Lodi, Ohio before moving to Fort Wayne and finally settling in Columbia City, most recently at Goose Lake. She attended Central High School. She married James A. Simmons Aug. 30, 1968, in Columbia City.
She was a homemaker for most of her life but was employed by Kroger’s in the Deli for 10 years before retiring in 2004.

Carl “Al” Heck, 77

May 12, 2014

Carl Allen “Al” Heck, 77, of North Webster, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home.
He was born on March 23, 1937, in Fort Wayne, to Joseph Franklin and Sarah Jane (McKeever) Heck.
He grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated in 1955 from Northside High School in Fort Wayne.
He was married on July 5, 1960, in North Webster, to Sandra S. “Sandy” Shock who survives.

Paul Konger, 83

May 12, 2014

Paul T. Konger, 83, a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home in Green Township following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Konger was born on the family farm in Green Township Aug. 26, 1930, a son of Clarence and Mildred (Emge) Konger, and spent his entire lifetime there.
He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948, and retired from Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne in 1991 after 30 years. He was also engaged in farming in Green Township most of his adult life.

Merlin Rice, 67

May 12, 2014

Merlin Ray Rice, 67, of rural Albion passed away peacefully at his home at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014.
He was born July 14, 1946, a son of Merlin A. and Mary A. (Baker) Rice.
He completed his grade school education in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1964. On Aug. 4, 1966, he entered the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge July 14, 1968.
He returned to the area where he became a career long journeyman pipefitter working out of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166, Fort Wayne.

Samuel S. Keirn, 17

May 12, 2014

Samuel Sherm Keirn, 17, of South Whitley died peacefully with his mother at his side during a doctor visit in Fort Wayne, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
He was born Nov. 28, 1996 in Columbia City to Sherm S. and Diana L. (McNamara) Keirn. He was a life-long resident of South Whitley. He completed his elementary education at South Whitley and Whitko Middle School and was a junior at Whitko High School.

May 9th

Albert Curless, 96

May 9, 2014

Albert Curless, 96, of Columbia City, died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day.
He was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Wabash County to Earl and Grace (McKinley) Curless. He grew up in Wabash County, and later moved to the Arcola area where he graduated from Arcola High School. In 1936 he moved to the Columbia City area.
He was united in marriage to Margaret E. Roemer Dec. 24, 1937. They made their home at Goose Lake for 10 years, moving to their home in Columbia City in 1979.

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